When Lukas Podolski arrived at Arsenal in the summer, he was a signing who polarised opinion. On the one hand, Podolski was a proven international footballer. He had been capped over 100 times for Germany – one of only seven players to have reached such a milestone – and had helped his country to impressive performances at World Cups and European Championships. With 44 international goals, his potency was hard to argue against.
However there was also the other side to Podolski. The Poland-born forward failed to set the Bundesliga alight after his last move to a big club. Bayern Munich shelled out €10m for Podolski in 2006 but he scored only 15 goals in three injury-plagued years at Die Bayern and left to re-sign for FC K